Another Week, Another 4 Penn Plaza Victory

4 Penn Plaza joined the world of fantasy basketball in 2020. The franchise’s first season was streaky, with several long winning and losing streaks. So far, the 2021-22 season is shaping up similarly. After a loss in week one, the team fired off four wins before dropping back-to-back to come back down to earth. As the team finishes its ninth contest of the season, Plaza finds itself on a two-game winning streak.

After beating Stephen A. Smith’s Team last week, 4 Penn Plaza took on their other team, Smith’s Great Team. Despite the original projections, this matchup ended much closer than the previous one.

The boys picked up where they left off the previous week, opening the matchup with a great Monday night, 400.70-104.50. The experts probably thought this week would be a repeat of last week, but the scores never got out of hand as Smith’s Great Team kept the deficit relatively close through the first three days.

Neither team collected points on Friday, leaving the difference at 350.70 points for two days. Both sides returned to action on Saturday, where the margin got a bit wider before Plaza finished off their opponents on Sunday 1543.00-1067.10.

Neither team collected over 2000 points, but both reached 1000 in the matchup. On Wednesday, Plaza had their best day with 461.30 points and held their largest lead after Sunday at 475.90 points. Smith’s Great team never led during the matchup.

There isn’t too much to discuss when examining 4 Penn Plaza’s rankings in the team statistics. They are the bonafide leaders in both rebound categories and steals and blocks. The top rankings speak to the team’s game plan at the draft table; their selections have paid off.

As mentioned in previous write-ups, it is a surprise that the boys are ranked so high in double-doubles and triple-doubles, both highly valued categories. The team’s lowest rankings continue to be three-pointers, where the team ranks fourth overall in attempts and baskets.

Scoring was down across the league in week 10, with only The Flight Attendant scoring over 2000 points with 2014.40. Jam Y’all managed 1845.80 in their win, while Plaza took home 1543.00 points. Only Smith’s Great Team managed 1067.10 in their loss, besting both Smith’s Team (978.60) and the Manager-less team (848.80) in the loss column. 

There was no stopping last week’s best player Rudy Gobert (Utah), who became just the second player (besides Giannis Antetokounmpo) to win back-to-back trophies. Gobert led the team with 177.40 points thanks to a stat line that read like this: 21/28 at the free-throw line, 53 points, 68 total rebounds, five assists, four steals, seven blocks, and three double-doubles.

On the flip side, Chimeszie Metu (Sacramento) had a team-low of 9.00 points during the matchup. It was a quiet week as the power forward/center missed his only three-point attempt, scored four points, collected three rebounds, and chipped in one assist. 

For the losers, their best player was Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who scored a matchup best 226.40 points. His numbers were out of this world, with a stat line that read 29/35 at the line and 3/23 from downtown. Then he collected 110 points to go along with 30 rebounds, 28 assists, five steals, and five blocks, with one double-double and a triple-double. 

With a run of injuries to star players and the ability to execute unlimited transactions, 4 Penn Plaza management decided to pull the trigger on a boatload of signings. 

The first move was to acquire Dorian Finney-Smith from the Dallas Mavericks on Christmas Day. On Boxing Day, Metu, Norman Powell (Los Angeles), Harrison Barnes (Sacramento), Carmelo Anthony (Los Angeles), Cameron Johnson (Phoenix), Alec Burks (New York), and Kevin Love (Cleveland).

Weekly Move Total: 8/25

Season Move Total: 17

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